Cork topple Kerry in Under 21 thriller

Updated: April 12, 2012

Kerry 1-14
Cork 2-12 AET

Cork secured the narrowest of  extra-time triumphs to lift the Munster U21 football title in the lion’s den that is Tralee.

The Rebels dominated the majority of normal time but a late fightback from Kerry took the game into extra-time, though it required a fantastic long-range last gasp point from Niall O’Shea to do so.

A first half goal from Dónal Óg Hodnett looked likely to be the difference between the teams until the home side staged their dramatic fightback, with the 60 minutes eventually ending level at 1-08 to 0-11.

Cork looked to have the game wrapped up again as the defending champions took a six point lead before half-time in extra-time through three points followed by a goal from Luke Connolly.

Great credit to Kerry though who once again came back from the dead with a goal from a penalty from Chris Brady once again putting them back in it.  Kerry notched two further unanswered points at the death but the final whistle beat the Kingdom as the side from the southern capital held on to lift the Clark Cup.

The Rebels now face Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final on 21st April.

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